Hole in the Ground

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

The trail follows the ridge line of Hole in the Ground Mountain. It offers views of the Petit Jean River Valley to the north and the Jack Creek Drainage to the south. Surrounding pine and hardwood forests provide opportunities for viewing deer, squirrel and black bear (highest density in Arkansas). Rugged, steep terrain is normal; geologic formations are abundant. Jack Creek Campground (trailhead) offers developed camping, picnicking, and swimming. Jack Creek and Sugar Creek offer fishing and seasonal Class III white water. A short day hike on the Hole in the Ground Mountain Trail allows visitors to explore exciting outdoor opportunities.

At a Glance

Operational Hours: Open year round.
Rentals & Guides: Click here for more information and a map.
Area Amenities: Fee charged for some activities,Picnic tables,Toilets
Fees Fee Collection site is open from mid-May to early September.
Usage: Medium
Best Season: Spring and Fall
Busiest Season: Spring
Restrictions: Foot traffic only!  Please register at the station near Jack Creek Recreation Area.
Closest Towns: Booneville, Arkansas.
Water: None
Restroom: Vault Toliets
Operated By: Poteau-Cold Springs Ranger District (479) 637-4174

General Information


From Booneville go south on Hwy 23 for 2 miles, turn left on Hwy 116 for 1 mile, go right on County Road 19 for 6 miles, then take a left on Forest Service Road 141 for 1 mile to Jack Creek Recreation Area.




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Day Hiking

The trail is 3.6 miles one way.

Unsurfaced. Trail marked with white rectangles. Travel time is 2.5 hours one-way.

Fees: No fee.
Difficulty Level: Most Difficult


Picnic tables
Toilets Vault
Fee charged for some activities Fee Collection site is open from mid-May to early September.